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Posted: February 16, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 16, 2014 2:00 a.m.

The default position is: elbow tucked against your side and bent at a 45-degree angle, wrist with smart phone in hand also at a 45-degree angle, head tilted to parallel the hand.

Insert ear buds, and the rest of the world disappears.

Wonderful if you are sitting on a park bench, or in your easy chair. Not so wonderful if you are driving, crossing the street on foot, bicycling, shopping, in a meeting, or in another situation requiring knowing what is going on around you.

To talking, texting, emailing and searching the database for esoteric knowledge, add; watching sports, watching other TV shows, and watching YouTube while performing any of the functions listed above.

Though all of us think we can multi-task, even a casual observation shows us to be wrong.

Along with distracted driving, add distracted walking to the list of actions with potentially fatal consequences.

Nearly 2,000 people were killed last year while walking — distracted by their phones. With their ear buds in, they never even heard the car/truck/bus that hit them.

I think it is way past time to consider the implications of the applications.




ricketzz: Posted: February 16, 2014 7:32 a.m.

Natural selection when on foot. Nothing funny about driving distracted.

projalice11: Posted: February 16, 2014 9:54 a.m.

This is probably one of the many LTE that have been written about cell phone
distractions and the dangerous consequences attributed to using cell phones
and texting while driving or walking.

This subject has been ridiculed by many as none existent and mind your own
business on this matter.

"I think it is way past time to consider the implications of the applications"

chefgirl358: Posted: February 16, 2014 4:50 p.m.

Nature's way of thinning the herd. Do we really want that many people running around that have no basic common sense? I don't.

17trillion: Posted: February 17, 2014 9:30 a.m.

"I think it is way past time to consider the implications of the applications"

I think it's time people were responsible for their own actions. If someone is killed walking with ear buds in, oh well! You can't legislate stupidity and random accidents.

technologist: Posted: February 17, 2014 11:14 a.m.

"You can't legislate stupidity…" Isn't that's what's being proposed obliquely, i.e. "I think it is way past time to consider the implications of the applications"?

I read your point as common sense and consideration for others can't be legislated and it's up to individuals to manage that.

sherpa: Posted: February 18, 2014 10:34 p.m.

I've been in a couple of very close "texting" accidents. Last year, a kid in a blue Corolla was texting and coming down the hill. He ran right through the red light and nearly took out my whole family. I think he was totally oblivious to the matter. I think that changed me and my opinions of "texters" forever. We can't legislate them but it doesn't mean that I have to feel sorry for them when something bad happens to them.

ricketzz: Posted: February 18, 2014 6:25 a.m.

Phones have accelerometers. They can be programmed to not work when they detect the user is struggling with bad "multitasking".

philellis: Posted: February 19, 2014 10:02 a.m.

Maybe we can get more churches to put up this sign:

“Honk if you love Jesus. Text while driving if you want to meet him.” --edited.

SingleMomOfOne: Posted: February 20, 2014 9:23 p.m.

People usually get what they least thats been my experience...karma is always a factor and should be considered before people act in an impulsive and irresponsible manner, but rarely do, until its too late...

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